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We Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Prisoners During Natural Disasters

When disaster strikes, prisoners’ rights are often forgotten about. A new paper recommends changes that can help protect them.

Vulnerabilities of a Coastal City: Reflections Five Years After Hurricane Sandy

A student shares her first-hand experience of the devastating storm, and discusses how New York City is building resilience—and how it could do better.

by |April 20, 2018
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Predicting Hurricane Flooding Risks to the East Coast

Columbia University researchers to help translate hurricane science into projections for planning for climate and weather risks.

by |April 9, 2018

Photo Essay: The Re-Greening of Puerto Rico

Researchers survey the damage to Puerto Rico’s forests in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

by |March 22, 2018

Climate Change and the Re-Greening of Puerto Rico

Ecologist Maria Uriarte investigates the effects of Hurricane Maria on the forests of Puerto Rico, and how long-term climate change may affect them.

by |March 22, 2018

Finishing Up in Bangladesh

In the final push, we split into multiple teams, and caught up and completed all the seismometer installations on time.

by |February 24, 2018

Installing the seismometer array

Helping Jim’s team, I assisted in installing stations and scouting locations. While some stations go quickly, others took multiple trips to find a good site. Time is growing short for getting all the seismometer installations done on time.

by |February 22, 2018

Transition to Seismology Scouting

As we finished scouting and installing the GPS stations, we started to assist the seismology team in getting permission to install there instruments in Tea Estates.

by |February 18, 2018

Finishing the GPS Scouting

We drove through the hills of Sylhet passed rice fields and tea plantations, and through woods looking for appropriate spots to install our GPS systems.

by |February 14, 2018

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2018 and Beyond

On every continent and every ocean, Earth Institute researchers are studying climate, geology, natural hazards, ecology and more. Here is a list of projects in rough chronological order.

by |February 14, 2018